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Although many pictures have been posted of the Painted Hills, I thought I'd post one more to give myself the opportunity to show the full-sized version of my profilephoto, taken by Rob Featherstone. I also have one of Kath and Rob catching the last light.

The heavily eroded volcanic deposits of the John Day River basin preserve a record of animal and plant life, spanning more than 40 of the 65 million years of the Cenozoic Era (the "Age of Mammals and Flowering Plants"). The red coloring is laterite soil that formed by floodplain deposits when the area was warm and humid. The green colors are glaauconite which was formed when marine life was very slowly deposited. Typically this occurred in the Jurassic period. Glauconite can range from olive green to blue green.
Here in the Painted hills area, the laterite soil is more olive green than the gold that appears here.

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